I am getting ready for my second Carnival cruise, this time on the Paradise out of Long Beach. We cruised the freedom last summer and like everyone said we would we got hooked on cruising. It is the only way to vacation. So number one, I am worried that I set the bar too high. Will I be disappointed going from the nice new Freedom to the older Paradise? Secondly I have scheduled my shuttle from LAX to Long Beach Port, is there a place within walking distance from the port that I can go buy last minute items I dont want to bring on the plane. IE: bottled water, coke... I dont want to ask my private shuttle to stop at the local Quick E Mart on the way there. Cruise Mates has never let me down with an answer yet. You guys rock.
First off I have been on both ships. I dig the Freedom a lot. Paradise is nice ship, but it's smaller and older so if you know that going in you won't be as disappointed. No Fish n Chips on deck 10 and no Mongilian BBQ on the Paradise.
I think you will be more disappointed in the ports then in the ship. The 4 day out of Long Beach is normally Catalina and Enseneda. I like Catalina alright (we rented a golf cart and went around the island), but Enseneda is my least favorite port. No beach, it's a college drinking town. They do have some good shopping but that is about it. The seven day cruises on the Splendor have much better ports.
At the port in Long Beach there isn't to much around. The Queen Mary is there and I know it has shops not sure if it would be good for soda or water. Here is a link to the list of shops in the Queen Mary Hotel. I hope that helps. Long Beach Shopping | The Queen Mary
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Thank Katlady, I knew going in that this cruise wouldnt be as great as the Freedom, We wanted a quick cheap getaway over Spring Break. My wife is a teacher, so we really only have the one week. The price was right for this trip. We are looking forward to Ensenda and going on the wine tours. We are at a loss as to what to do on Catalina. And it sounds like its going to be too cold to do snorkeling or any water activities this time of year. However I am one to enjoy the ship and the luxuries that come with it more than the ports anyway.
The shops on the QM are typical of most hotels. You can buy soda and/or water but will do so at a premium. Plus I think you might have to pay for a walking tour or at least tell them you would like to eat aboard the ship just to get on.
We went to Ensenada last fall and went to La Buffadora. It was kind of neat but you had to run the gauntlet of "bargains" to get there. If you are fit we met some folks that did a kayak tour of La Buffadora that looked pretty fun.
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As far as a store within walking distance... I suppose that depends on how far you mind walking! I know there's a rite aid and a liquor store and maybe a 7-eleven, but I think from the cruise terminal they are probably a couple miles.
Also, the wine tours in Ensenada were very nice and it does give you a short time to walk into Ensenada once you are through if you want to.
I leave on March 15th, just a quick 4 day jaunt. Been counting down for months, and it's nearly here. I will try and leave the ship in good condition for you optize, congrats on the wedding, it looks like you have sailed paradise before, you must like it. Joey you be sure and have it ready for me, I will probably be there as you are getting off. All you coastal people are sooooo lucky i would kill to be in a port city, as the airfare is more expensive than the cruise. I think I would take several a year if it were that cheap. Flying from Kansas City is not too expensive but it does put a damper on the whole trip.
Flying from Kansas City is not too expensive but it does put a damper on the whole trip.
The best part of the cruise is being at sea. Thatís the same for any ship. Enjoy the differences. On the smaller ships you run into the same people more often, the ports are less crowded, and embarking / disembarking is easier. Iíve never been disappointed switching back and forth between large and smaller ships.
BTW we're fly to Ft Lauderdale from KC on Southwest in June for $97 / person each way. You have your choice of either the Miami or the Ft Lauderdale port from there. Watch for the specials they can cut your air cost a lot lower than flying into Miami.